Luren D. Dickinson
Michigan's thirty-seventh governor, Luren D. Dickinson (1859 ~ 1943), prided himself of being a frugal farmer. As a young man he taught school and served as principal of Potterville High School before becoming superintendent at age 21. He later served as assessor, township clerk, township supervisor, state representative, state senator, and seven terms as lieutenant governor. In 1939 he became governor, at age 79, upon the death of Governor Frank Fitzgerald. In 1940 he appointed the state's first woman lieutenant governor, Matilda Dodge Wilson. A devoutly religious man, Dickenson claimed he had "a pipeline to God," ardently opposed liquor, and waged war on "sin and high life practices." He lost his election bid in 1940.